Tamara Out Loud

Christianity Archive

Wednesday

25

June 2014

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COMMENTS

You Can’t Keep Me Out

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Christianity in general (and Evangelicalism in particular) has a great many vocal, self-proclaimed gatekeepers. They employ a range of scare tactics and subtleties, but the message is the same: “We” are in; “you” are out. This has long been the way of the Christian; it has never been the way of the Christ. Join me today at A Deeper Story for my short piece of spoken word poetry, You Can’t Keep Me Out.

Wednesday

14

May 2014

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Am I Qualified to Marry?

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“Idaho’s Marriage Laws deny same-sex couples the economic, practical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of marriage, relegating each couple to a stigmatized, second-class status. Plaintiffs suffer these injuries not because they are unqualified to marry, start a family, or grow old together, but because of who they are and whom they love.” — U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale When I read this, my first thought was that it was right on in capturing why anti-marriage laws are so injurious and unjust. But what quickly jumped out at me next was the phrase “unqualified to marry.” It made me wonder what qualifies [...]

Friday

28

June 2013

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COMMENTS

How to Say Grace

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The Church is rife with divisions, and I so often find myself on the side that is excluded from the table. But my mother has taught me how to say grace, even from a distance. I’m honored to share her story with you today at A Deeper Story.

Wednesday

26

June 2013

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From Huckabee to Me: Diverse Christian Perspectives on the SCOTUS Decisions

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My thoughts on the SCOTUS ruling that determined that same sex marriage is okay: "Jesus wept." — Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 26, 2013 "You are exactly as human & worthwhile as your straight friends." -What SCOTUS is saying to LGBTQ people today; what Jesus has always said. — Tamára Lunardo (@tamaraoutloud) June 26, 2013 “There are many diverse views on same-sex marriage – and homosexuality itself – within the Christian community. And we believe that the full diversity of the Christian voice is not well-represented by the 24-hour-news shows or online pundits,  so we want to make a bit [...]

Wednesday

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May 2013

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Lord’s Name, Not in Vain

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I am known for using strong words like fuck to carry my message. And I am known for holding the Word of God in the highest esteem. So you should know when I use the word Jesus to curse what is awful, no, I do not take the Lord’s name in vain; it is the strongest word I know.

Monday

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April 2012

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The Simple Work of Your Hands

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“You see your blog as a ministry, don’t you?” he asked, assuming. I’d been blogging for about a year, but I’d never considered it that way til that moment. “Ministry” sounded a bit too grandiose for something so mundane as a blog. I just used an online space to tell my stories. I didn’t preach the Gospel; I didn’t heal the sick; I didn’t tend to widows and orphans. I just noticed and I thought and I felt and I wrote. And people came to that space to take in a little of life as I saw it, to laugh [...]

Tuesday

10

April 2012

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Guest Post: “When You Take Your Twins to Church”

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Today I have the pleasure of hosting one of my dearest online friends, the incomparable Leanne Shirtliffe of Ironic Mom.  Between her killer wit and her beautiful heart, I was smitten as soon as I met her, and of course I love a gal who’s handy with an innuendo (if you know what I mean). And, like me, she knows that the best way to handle life with twins is to laugh at every opportunity. –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ There is nothing quite like suppressing a laugh in church. I do this often [...]

Saturday

7

April 2012

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TOL Treasure: “Day Before Easter”

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I went straight from the Killer Tribes Conference to spring break with my family, so it’s been a little quiet around here lately. But I think this poem, shared here two years ago, is a fitting whisper into the spiritual quiet that precedes Easter Day. I hope it will bless you in some small way and that your Easter will be joy-filled. –Tamara ________________________________________________________ Still, In the stillness Waiting, Waiting still. Not yet joy, Just the darkness, Waiting, Waiting still. Hope In the quiet, Through the darkness, But still Waiting, hoping Still, Still, Still.

Monday

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March 2012

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Guest Post: “Whispers on the Road to Damascus”

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Today’s guest post comes from Eva Leppard of The Aspirational Agnostic. I’m excited to share her post about her search for faith because, no matter what our religion or where we are with it, I think a lot of us have doubts and questions, and it’s important to me that this be a place where we can be honest about them and thoughtfully discuss them. Enjoy! –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ Being raised as an insistent, dyed-in-the-wool, no-holds-barred atheist does set one up for some personal angst when one (ok, me) realises that [...]

Friday

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March 2012

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Guest Post: “Grateful”

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Today’s guest post comes from Shanda Sargent of The Upside Down Pastor’s Wife. Shanda is an all-around beautiful woman, always offering encouragement and love. Her raw honesty and humble words here make an exquisite gift that I’m honored to share. –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ Stones. Stones in the dirt.  Words in the sand.  I am the girl on the ground.  Earth dirt is on my forehead, my lips, in my hair.  Bits of grit are in my teeth, and my heart is filled with sludge.  Sludge and darkness. Stones. Stones in hands [...]